Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.
Bluebell and Beth • Bluebell and Beth, 10 and 11, are TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s terriers, both of whom were rescued from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, London SW8. They are pictured wearing The Duchess of Cornwall’s pearl necklaces.
‘I have a profound sense of being at home in the countryside’ • Ahead of her 75th birthday, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall acknowledges her deep love for rural Britain and revels in its beauty, but also urges us to confront the darker side of life in the countryside
Town & Country
Good week for
Town & Country Notebook
Wines of the week
Letters to the Editor
Bonfire of the decencies
Athena Cultural Crusader • What future for this national treasure?
The way we were Photographs from the COUNTRY LIFE archive
Say hello, wave goodbye
My favourite painting Daniel St George Chatto • Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, by Giotto di Bondone
Lochnagar from Bovaglie • England! thy beauties are tame and domestic To one who has roved on the mountains afar: Oh for the crags that are wild and majestic! The steep frowning glories of dark Loch na Garr!
The real bionic man • The former soldier, author and double amputee on how The Duchess of Cornwall helped him rediscover his creativity
Beguiled by a place • Hall Place, West Meon, Hampshire The home of Michael and Claudia Langdon A house known to The Duchess of Cornwall in her childhood, specially chosen by her for coverage in this issue, is revealed in a new light by fresh documentary research. John Goodall reports
The Duchess says
My rural heroes and heroines • From her dear husband–whom she describes as ‘a countryman to the core’– to a wine producer, a bee master and a television presenter, The Duchess of Cornwall’s champions tell Julie Harding why the countryside matters so much
‘So noble and so bare’ • Having grown up in the South Downs–as The Duchess of Cornwall did– William Shawcross knows only too well the lure of these chalk hills, which stretch for 80 miles across a magical corner of England
The Duchess says
‘I’m terrified of him finding me when he gets out’ • Rural domestic-abuse victims are half as likely to report offences than those who live in towns. But, as Jane Wheatley reports, charities such as SafeLives and the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust are working hard to change that
A helping hand
The Duchess says
Give a dog a home • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home needs no introduction, but, as Katy Birchall discovers, its royal patron The Duchess of Cornwall and ambassador Paul O’Grady are doing a lot to make rescue pets everyone’s favourite breed
Purr-fect companions: Battersea’s cats
Paw and order: drug-detection dogs Leo, Ozzie and Rocky
Battersea’s celebrity alumnus: Rabbit, Britain’s naughtiest dog
The elephant in the garden room • Majestic, statuesque and compelling, a series of life-size wooden sculptures is drawing attention to the plight of Asian elephants, discovers
She’s got a ticket to ride • Deep in the beating heart of Brixton in south London, the Ebony Horse Club is quietly teaching inner-city...